Knife Amnesty "Team Effort" Will Keep Communities Safe

Knife Amnesty "Team Effort" Will Keep Communities Safe

14/03/19 - A new knife amnesty is being held across Nottinghamshire to prevent weapons falling into the hands of criminals.

It follows the success of an amnesty in September last year which led to 418 bladed weapons - including Samurai swords and hunting knives - being handed in for destruction in just seven days.

This was 50% more weapons in half the amount of time as the previous amnesty in 2013 - and showed the community's desire to help tackle knife crime.

We and our growing number of partners want to build on that team effort with this new amnesty, as part of the national knife crime campaign Operation Sceptre, which starts on Monday 11 March and runs until midnight on Sunday 17 March.

Red knife amnesty bins will be located at 15 police stations and partner agency receptions across Nottinghamshire during the campaign.

We will be encouraging members of the public to hand over their unwanted knives at the nominated locations, without fear of prosecution for doing so, for the duration of the operation.

This time around we also have some new partners supporting us and showing that we are stronger when we work together. Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust will host an amnesty bin in the accident and emergency department at the Queen’s Medical Centre. There will also be a bin at the Bridges Community Trust in the Bridgeway Centre in The Meadows.

Chair of Broxtowe Borough Council’s Community Safety Committee, Councillor Jan Goold, said: “We are fully supportive of Nottinghamshire Police in this proactive initiative to help make Broxtowe a place where people feel safe in their communities. Knife crime is a growing problem and we need to try and reduce the number of knives in circulation. I would therefore appeal to anyone who has a knife to make the right choice and hand it in during the amnesty."

Chief Superintendent Rob Griffin said: "We are really grateful for the support of the community during the last amnesty in September. To take 418 knives out of circulation - many of them incredibly dangerous weapons - shows that the public is just as keen as we are to get them off the streets.

"Tackling knife crime takes a team effort and with the help of the community and partner agencies such as Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, the Bridges Community Trust, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, Nottingham City Council and the borough and district councils across Nottinghamshire, we can all ensure Nottinghamshire remains a safe place to live, work and visit."

Chief Supt Griffin said Nottinghamshire Police takes knife crime seriously and has the only dedicated Knife Crime Team outside of the Metropolitan Police and has reintroduced Schools and Early Intervention Officers who visit schools across Nottinghamshire to talk to young people about issues including knife crime.

"We and our partners will do everything we can to reduce knife crime and this seven-day knife amnesty is yet another method of preventing knives from falling into the wrong hands," he said.

Chief Supt Griffin added that the amnesty bins are at various locations around the county, meaning people should all have one within easy access.

"We want the process of handing them in to be as simple as possible so there will be no paperwork to fill in. People can simply drop them in the bins and leave, and we will collect them all up at the end of the week and destroy them," he said.

Adam Brooks, Clinical Director for the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre, which is based at Queen’s Medical Centre, said: “All major cities across the country have all seen an increase in knife crime and Major Trauma Centres – including ours here in Nottingham – are equipped to deal with the aftermath.

“However, we need to think more about how we prevent knife crime in the first place and we are pleased to support this important campaign to help reduce the number of knife-related injuries in the city.”

The amnesty will also be supported by highlighting other ongoing work the force engages in throughout the year to tackle knife crime, such as area weapons sweeps.

People are asked to check the opening times at their local amnesty points before they visit. The participating stations and partner agency locations include Broxtowe Shared Services (formerly Beeston police station). (Opens in a New Window)

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